UVA Children's Hospital

UVA Children's Hospital

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A network of pediatric health care facilities operating under the umbrella of the University of Virginia Health System, the University's Children's Hospital is a "hospital without walls," dedicated to providing comprehensive inpatient and outpatient care for infants, children, and adolescents in a family-centered environment.

Last year, there were more than 3,000 admissions to the inpatient units of the Children's Hospital and more than 60,000 outpatient visits to our ambulatory clinics, with patients coming from Virginia and beyond.

Inpatient and outpatient visits range from the simplest newborn check-up to complex medical procedures like liver, lung, or heart transplants and complex neurosurgery.

Key Components of the UVA Children's Hospital

General Wards 37 beds on two wards: one for infants, another for older children and adolescents
Newborn Intensive Care Unit State-of-the-art facility with 45 NICU and Intermediate Care Nursery beds served by a hospital-based, ground and air neonatal transport system
Well Newborn Service 27-bed postpartum unit with couplet care and 24-hour rooming-in of mothers and infants. Baby Friendly Certification in-process.
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit 14-bed, high acuity unit with 700-800 annual admissions, about 60% with primarily medical issues and 40% with primarily surgical problems
General Pediatric and Continuity Clinics Clinics providing health promotion/disease prevention, management of chronic and acute conditions, etc.
Subspecialty Clinics Variety of clinics treating patients in pediatric subspecialties
Satellite General Pediatric Offices 2 general pediatrics clinics (Northridge and Orange), each within a few minutes of the University, that together serve about 24,000 patients annually

The University's First Pediatrician

The Children's Hospital and the Health System are both part of the University of Virginia, a state-funded university nurtured by Thomas Jefferson as the "hobby of my old age," as he put it.

Answering Jefferson's call, 26 year-old Robley Dunglison, a specialist in obstetrics and pediatrics, left his home in England to become the University's first professor of anatomy when the "academical village" first began receiving students in 1825.

dunglison.jpgEven at this young age, Dunglison was already a well-known writer. The last work he wrote before leaving England was Commentaries on the Diseases of the Stomach and Bowels of Children, intended "as a commencement of a treatise or series of treatises on the diseases of children," and which advocated several heroic measures. But Dunglison also expressed that quality incumbent on all good physicians: humility. In the preface he wrote:

"At a future period, it is the intention of the author to resume the consideration of some other of those diseases, which are incident to children: not under the arrogant expectation of being able to communicate much important information from his own stores, but in accordance with the motto at the head of these prefatory observations: Facem exiguam accendere, qua alii egregiis animi dotibus ornati opus imperfectum limato suo ingenio perpoliant. In other words, 'Kindle a slender flame by which others blessed with eminent qualities of mind may brighten an imperfect work with their own elegant talent.' "

In addition to serving as Thomas Jefferson's personal physician, Dunglison translated and edited a number of European medical texts. In 1832, he published his Human Physiology, a volume described by The American Journal of Medical Sciences as "the most complete and satisfactory system of Physiology in the English language." Over the next twenty-six years it went through eight editions, and justly helped to solidify his reputation as the "Father of American Physiology."